05 Jul Brigid and Joseph’s Destination Wedding at Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean
[T]he word “epic” immediately comes to mind when reflecting back on Brigid and Joseph’s wedding in Trinidad and Tobago earlier this summer.
Brigid, a native of Trinidad, is known as the “Trini Girl” in her circle of friends. Joseph, the groom, is from Jamaica. They met in college at North Carolina State University and decided it would be a grand homecoming to tie the knot in front of their family and relatives who live in the Islands. Their friends were excited for the chance to make the trip. We rented out five of the villas at the paradise that is The Villas at Stonehaven, each came with a private infinity pool overlooking the actual Caribbean Sea in the distance. No, it was not bad. Not bad at all.
Tobago was my second wedding in the Caribbean this summer and I must say, I’m getting really comfortable with the idea of shooting destination weddings in the region. I tacked on a few extra days to the trip, as did most of the wedding party, so everyone had a change to meet and get to know each other before the big day. We went on an all-day boat cruise going from one secluded beach to another, holding rum punch in our hands while dancing to songs about rum punches. Singing along to lyrics like, “I love mi rum and mi rum it love me.” We jumped out of boats with snorkeling gear, enjoyed an BBQ lunch on a strip of an island with beaches on either side of us, spotted stingrays gliding through the see-through miraculous blue of the Caribbean Sea. (All these photos are coming at a future blog post, I promise!)
And there was a wedding happening too? What!?!
So by the time the wedding arrived, everyone was well-acquainted with each other and bursting at the seams in full party-mode. Kelly and I were staying in the same villa as the bride and groom. I took one more swim in the infinity pool and then suited up for the shoot.
The Villas at Stonehaven
There was a beautiful ceremony performed by Brigid and Joseph’s local pastor from Albany, New York, Philip Taylor. Followed by dancing, drinking, teary-eyed toasts, cake, and some more dancing. What I liked most about dancing to Caribbean tunes (there are a total of three songs, btw, and they are constantly on repeat, which is totally fine!) is that it’s so effortless — you just sway back and forth and can do it all day long. Parents were doing it. Aunts and uncles were doing it. Brigid and Joseph and all their friends were absolutely doing it.
Trash the Dress!
After a full day of shooting, I was just about to put my camera away when someone grabbed my shoulder and said, “Not yet.” I looked up. “I think Brigid is going to jump into the pool. And we’re all gonna jump in with her!” “Holy shit!” I immediately grabbed my camera back and started sizing up the lighting situation of the dark pool. There wasn’t any wall or ceiling to bounce the light of the flash off, I realized, so I was going to have to point the flash head-on, something I didn’t like to do. Also, my flash batteries were running low at this point (it was taking a few seconds between each pop to recycle) so I knew I only had one shot. I quickly got to work figuring out the best settings for the shot. Anyway, if this jumping thing actually happened that is…
And then it looked like it wasn’t going to happen after all. The music suddenly stopped. The security staff had gotten whiff of what was conspiring. “Attention everyone,” a booming voice said over the speakers, “Please do not jump into the pool. It is a safety concern (yadda yadda yadda), so please, do not jump into the pool. I repeat…”
A huge collective groan was released and some people started to turn back. Then out of nowhere out comes Brigid, the bride, seeming oblivious to the new developments of the situation. I’m not sure if she even heard the announcement. Before you know it, she was grabbing her new husband’s hand and along with a dozen of their closest friends they were suddenly in the air!
I think I got the shot…
Congratulations, Brigid and Joseph!